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School of Medicine Class of 2021 Convocation Ceremony


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Our 2021 Convocation Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.


Convocation 2021

For the last year now, our activities have been guided by a primary focus on your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of the community, during the COVID pandemic. That same focus applies to our plans for the School of Medicine Convocation 2021. Despite increasing vaccination and decreasing community prevalence, we are unable to predict with certainty the state of the pandemic two months from now. Given the need to make plans and to communicate them to you, leadership in undergraduate medical education, graduate biomedical education, the Medical Student Senate, and the Graduate Student Association has decided to hold an entirely virtual convocation ceremony on May 26, 2021, at 2:30 p.m.

We recognize that many of you are eager for some in-person component to celebrate as a group in a way that ensures your health and safety and the health and safety of the community. If, in consultation with our infection control and prevention experts, we determine that it is safe to hold some additional, in-person events in connection with our convocation, we will do so. But in order to ensure that the main ceremony is a high-quality virtual event, we have to start planning now. In particular, since we recognize that hooding is a critical component of convocation, production of this aspect of a virtual event must begin as soon as possible.

Information for Graduates

  • The 2021 Convocation ceremony will incorporate an opportunity to participate in a hooding ceremony via a pre-recorded video.

    Hooding videos should be approximately 10 seconds. Please upload the finished at-home hooding video to OneDrive, and share with Robert Kearns for inclusion in the virtual ceremony.

    Participation can occur in the following ways:

    At-Home Hooding Videos

    Since many students will not be in Baltimore this spring, you have the opportunity to rent regalia and film a hooding video for inclusion in the School of Medicine virtual ceremony.

    A short example video, including instructions and tips for filming your at-home hooding video, is available here:

    To order rental regalia or purchase custom regalia, please see:

    No order will be accepted after May 12, 2021.


    On-Campus Hooding Videos

    For students in Baltimore, we offer the opportunity for you and your mentor to film your hooding event with our multi-media team, using shared regalia, saving the cost of renting your own.

    A limited number of sessions are offered per day to ensure COVID safety in the studio and with shared regalia. Slots for recording will be Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from March 17th to May 21st. Recordings occur in the Miller Research Building, Room G-05.

    Forms for participating in the on-campus hooding recording available here:

    For questions about the at-home or on-campus hooding videos, please contact Robert Kearns.


  • Diplomas for May 2021 degree conferral are mailed to your local address of record shortly after the ceremony date.

    It is important that we have an updated address prior to May 15th . Update your address in SOM self-service or email

    Please note that students with an outstanding balance at the University will not receive their diploma until the obligation is satisfied.

  • May graduates must confirm name and previously received, or anticipated, degrees in SOM self-service for inclusion in the Convocation Program by April 15.

    Once you enter self-service, click Manage Biographical Data. Scroll down to, and click on, Diploma and Commencement Program Information; make edits, then click Save in each section where changes were made.  If no changes are made, no action is required. 

    Submit documentation required for a name change to


University-wide Commencement and Divisional Ceremonies


Additional information concerning convocation posted as available. For additional questions, please contact the Registrar's Office.

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